Friday Faves

Hi! Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

Some faves from the week and around the web:

Mickey show

Taking Liv to see her favorite singing mice. The show was a lot of fun -she danced for maybe two hours haha- and my Zumba friends (the ones who were in she show) invited us to a meet and greet. 

The bay: no waves, and warm water! (I’m a chicken in cold water.)

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Messy braids. This one went from inside-out, to regular French braid to fishtail:

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and Liv’s fun inside-out braid.


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Why Starbucks spells your name wrong.

THIS sweater dress. I love how Emily styled it, too.

McDonald’s is losing the Happy Meal crowd.

11 times Joey Tiribbiani was the smartest person in the room.

My friends from Juil sent me some of their new fall flats to check out.

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They remind me of Tieks (but are about half the cost) and also have the added benefits of grounding through copper points in the shoes. The concept of grounding suggests that we can get multiple benefits (such as decreasing free radicals) and increased energy from our proximity to the earth’s surface. They’re WAY more comfortable than my Torys and I love the new fall colors! They offered a 10% discount for readers; just enter “FITNESSISTA10” at checkout (now until next Friday).


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A tiny hippo.

Maximize a treadmill workout.

10 overnight oats recipes.

A pom tree with lots of fruit!

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Hope you have a very happy Friday! I’d love to hear a fave or something you’re loving this week.

See ya later with some Livi-isms.



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

    It’s so cool that you guys can see the mouses anytime and those shoes are adorable too! Great news lady! I found out last night I don’t have a stress fracture again. Apparently MRI’s show previous stress fractures for up to 2 years. I knew something didn’t add up since I have no pain and earlier this year I was in severe pain when it happened.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:46 am

      that is WONDERFUL NEWS. so happy for you!!

  2. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on September 12, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Hey, would you be interested in dropping by a blog hop party on the 26th?

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:46 am

      ahhh i’ll be out of town!! let me know about any future ones though!

  3. Anita on September 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Your braid is so pretty! I’m always looking for new (cute) ways to keep my hair out of my face, and I think I’ll give the normal-braid to fishtail a try.

    Always, Anita

  4. Holly @ Freshly Cut Kitchen on September 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The McDonald’s article makes me happy. Take that McD’s! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Laura @SheEatsWell on September 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I’m loving coffee this week. It’s just one of those weeks that warrants copious amounts of coffee. Also, that Starbucks video gave me a really good laugh.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:46 am

      haha i laughed so hard, too 🙂 have a great weekend!

  6. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on September 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I’m going to check out the those flats! I can never find comfy ones (I found the Tory Burch ones super uncomfortable).

    See you Monday! Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:45 am

      they’re wayyy more comfortable than the torys. yay, see you monday!!

  7. Tracy @ sprinklesandsquats on September 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I am braid impaired, for real. I’ve tried numerous times to braid my hair in different styles, and it always looks so atrocious… sort of like a pile of mangled hay on top of my head haha.

    Anyyyyhow, things that made me happy this week… I’m loving the changing weather in Pittsburgh. It’s starting to feel like fall, and it reminds me so much of the holidays. I’m a Christmas junkie. 🙂

  8. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Your family pic is adorable! I am also a chicken in cold water. It makes me want to run for the hills. Happy Friday!

  9. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on September 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Such a pretty braid! And I adore those flats! So cute. Happy Friday my friend! xoxo

  10. Krista on September 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Super cute shoes!!

  11. april on September 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    love the braids! i love the look of braids, but i can never seem to do them right!

    thanks for sending out the 30 day meal and fitness plan, by the way! i tend to eat the same meals over and over again, so hopefully this will help me switch things up. i’ve got my eye on your crockpot chicken coconut curry 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:44 am

      so happy to hear you liked it!! let me know if you try the curry 🙂 xoxo

  12. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I love braids! I need to do them more in my own hair. Yes, it’s Friday Favorites time for me too, and I’ve written about a recent dining experience, city living and my favorite gifts from Etsy:

    Have an awesome weekend! 🙂

  13. Jackie B. on September 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Ah I’ve really really been wanting to try SUP somewhere in SD– can you rent a board in Mission Bay, or do you have your own?

    One fave this week: the release of the iPhone 6! I’ve been holding onto my 4s so that I could upgrade to the 6 right when it came out. I feel like I’ve had my 4s foreverrr so I’m pumped to trade it in for something new.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:43 am

      yep! there are quite a few rental spots. right as you walk into belmont, there is a place for $20 for first hour $10 each additional hour

      • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:44 am

        i am also very tempted by the 6, but i usually use my phone until it breaks/dies to get a new one haha

        • Jackie B. on September 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

          perfect! I’m definitely going to check it out soon. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  14. Jeannie on September 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Love those shoes! I’ve been looking for new comfy flats, I may have to check those out. How is the sizing? Are they true to size or should i size up to prevent the elastic from squeezing my heel?


    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:43 am

      i usually wear a 7.5 or 8, and the 8 is perfect

  15. Crystal on September 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I always had a feeling the Starbucks baristas got a kick out of butchering name spellings, lol. I always forgive them, because Pumpkin Spice Latte! This week I’m loving the transition from summer weather to fall weather here in the Midwest 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

      PSL. so good! hope you have a great weekend too!

  16. Anna on September 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I did the same sort of crazy every braid possible all at once this morning. Too funny!

  17. Ali on September 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    OH man. I love those flats – especially the two toned tan and pink ones. I could really, really use new flats because I walk a lot for work and need to look professional but, even with that discount, that is WAY out of my price range. 🙁

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

      have you checked out the flats from target? they have some gorgeous ones for a very reasonable price. i got some super comfy cheetah ones for $19 last year and will wear them again this year! they don’t have the grounding technology, but are still really cute:

  18. Deanna on September 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Cute picture of you guys! Those shoes are adorable!!! I’m loving candles right now :). Just hit up bath and body works. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:40 am

      they have the best candles!

  19. mls on September 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    are these part of the new capsule wardrobe? they are super cute.

    • Fitnessista on September 13, 2014 at 12:39 am

      thank you! yep, totally part of the capsule-ish wardrobe. i’ll be wearing them all fall/winter 🙂

  20. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on September 12, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Cute shoes! Love the color!

    Livi’s braid is cute! it’s fun seeing her hairstyles. I love doing my toddler’s hair, but it’s still so fine that it’s a bit tricky. Looking forward to having even more fun with it as it thickens up.

  21. Holley @ on September 13, 2014 at 5:00 am

    For the life of me I can’t do a decent french braid in my hair! On someone else, for sure, but on myself is no good. Good job! Is Liv patient when you braid her hair? Or is she a wiggle worm?

  22. Rachel on September 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

    love the shoes!! I actually just ordered a pair using the coupon code – thanks so much for the hookup! I’ve been looking for a good comfy pair of cute flats for work but was having a hard time thinking about spending so much $$ on Tieks – hopefully these fit the bill. Thanks again, Gina and have a great weekend!

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